Compass | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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668 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Knapp85 on 05-27-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
668
Reviews:
133
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.03%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
81
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 668 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of HopticalDeployment
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mattd131
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of shigg85
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EvoRich
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a pale orange color with a lot of white head, that then quickly fades.

Smell: A lot of orange peel, lemon, and bitter hops. It smells very refreshing. A lot of citrus.

Taste: Mango, hops, with a ever so slightly boozy bite to it at the end. I wouldn't call this beer boozy, but you do get a small hint of booze at the end. surprising for only 9%.

Feel: Light bodied and crisp. Very refreshing!

Overall: I'd like to see something like this offered in 6 packs year-round.

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Photo of Relayer10
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of shand
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says to drink it cold. Let's drink a cold beer. Compass pours out a stunning yellow with chunky sediment. The aroma is bright, hoppy, and extremely floral. I really love this aroma, as an advocate of both beer and perfumery, this strikes me just right. The beer is also tasty, it keeps on the brightness and floral aspects from the aroma, with a slight underpinning of wheat and spicy malt. The mouthfeel is on the light side and very well carbonated, and the drinkability is great. I really liked this new brew from Southern Tier. It's incredibly drinkable and has a beautiful nose.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jucifer1818
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: a brilliant clear yellow liquid. lovely clarity with a heavy dose of bubbles streaming up the glass
5\5

s: this smells like one hell of a tropical fruit cocktail. saying that, lots of light tropical fruity smells, mixed in with a very small bit of rose fragrance mixed in. their is also a slight sticky sweetness that is apparent from large doses of wheat
4.5\5

t: wow, this one is what i would call the true "champagne" of beers, except that it is more balanced (and heavier on the body, and lower levels of alcohol). this beer has a very restrained and tart hoppy bitterness, that never pushes too hard to make it feel oppressive. alcohol is non-detectable.
4.25\5

m: its not as dry as campaign, but its still very dry for a beer of its size. the carbonation works well to compliment its dryness, and it never quite has the 'BITE' of overcarbonated beer
4.5\5

o:overall i think that this is a great beer for the folk who say "I don't really like beer". its far closer to a campaign in character really, but with everything I love about beer mixed in. I think that ill be having this one again.
4.25\5

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Photo of founddrama
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really dry. Almost no malt character, but also not characterized by hops either. I like it, but I've got no real comparisons. Easy to love this beer. Not overly hoppy. This one is big on flavor, and NOT a one-trick pony. That said: bottle says "sparkling ale" and as such is expect a lot more carbonation. Rose hips!

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Photo of Seanem44
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden straw color with a thick white one finger head.

S: Delicate with a light smell of wheat and rose.

T: Again, Light, delicate, smooth. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. I can taste the rose, which was kind of neat.

M: Goes down nice and smooth. Very refreshing.

O: This is 9.0 abv??? Can't believe it. Easy to sip. I was very impressed with this beer. Not my normal fare, but I would not hesitate to purchase again. Well worth the value for something different. If you can grab one, please do. I think you won't be disappointed. This one is a winner!

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Photo of minilogo37
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by the guy at the store (who was actually giving away tastings of something i cant remember the name of, nothing special). I appreciate the APAs, and wasn't disappointed. Very smooth for 9.0 ABV. Could drink this anytime, and will be on the lookout for it on tap.

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Photo of dank203
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

complex ale. grainy spiciness and citrus characters, grapefruit. It does taste like an American pale but less hoppy. unique flavors, not sure if I've evr had a rose hip but i'm detecting something different. theres a certain dryness to this beer as well

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 5/03/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge bright lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, pear, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, clove, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of bright hop notes with the rose hips and a light-moderate malt presence; with big strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, pineapple, floral, grass, pepper, pine, bread, clove, light honey, and herbal earthiness. Good amount of spicy/earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pine, grass, pepper, clove, bread, light honey, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and rose hip additions; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, lightly prickly, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic spiced hoppy golden ale! All around awesome balance and complexity of bright hops with the rose hip additions, with light malt balance; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Budlum
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Woppy5
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of iwhoopedbatman
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nothing extreme. Well balanced. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of tviz33
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber in to a Duvel tulip.

A- Pours absolutely beautiful. Hazy gold body with a frothy inch tall white head and good lacing.

S- Grapefruit, pine, citrus, and everything nice.

T- Well balanced and lively. Floral notes, lemon, and a mild bitterness. A very tasty brew.

M- Bubbly and sort of creamy. Not slick, but goes down easy and is very refreshing.

O- Another good Southern Tier offering. I will be having another.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a pale ale, this makes me think very much along the line of an American version of a Belgian strong pale ale. This manages to be both light and strong at the same time. Easy to drink, yet at 9% one should probably be careful.
I would actively seek this out again. It's lively, refreshing, and just bitter enough to keep interest.

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Photo of juicebox
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cclark67789
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Pensfan0782
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Walshwi
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Compass from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 668 ratings.
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